by Brian Vincent
The alarm sounded at 5:02am, ‘Dead Man Shoes’ by virginmarys blasted from my phone.
I have one alarm setting for work and another for fishing. I always get up on time for the fishing alarm.
Bob from Powerteam Lures was set to arrive at my house by 5:45am, and we were headed to Scottsville to put in on the James River. He had been having a great string of adventures, catching a citation or near citation size smallie, every trip on the river. I wanted in on that action!
We were set to meet Dave from Midlothian as well. Here is Dave at the put in with the Scottsville bridge in the background.
The morning was peaceful and we set off down the river with hopes of big smallies. Dave paddled his Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 kayak from ARC. Bob paddled his Wilderness Systems Ride 115 kayak from ARC. And I paddled a Jackson Kayak Coosa.
We fanned out and started casting Bob found fish around some rocks and I got out of my kayak to wade.
I hooked one, and then lost it, about 3 feet from me. After some success , we headed on down the river. Bob and I came across a large catfish and decided to try and noodle it. We missed our chance when we slipped the GoPro too close to his big face. There is a video featuring the large catfish at the end of the post.